Saffronart's autumn online auction of young Indian contemporary artists from September 6-7 will feature the works of 46 artists, including Atul Dodiya, as well as several sculptures.
The auction, the 14th in the series by Saffronart, will feature 135 works and take place exclusively on www.saffronart.com.
"The structure of the auction and its time span allows serious collectors and first-time buyers to place their bids over a period of two days, as opposed to a period of a few hours in a live auction," Saffronart president Dinesh Vazirani told IANS.
Surendran Nair, who hit headlines with an artwork that had the Ashok Chakra, holds the pride of place in the catalogue with a brilliant exposition of a work called Et In Ayodhya Ego...if not... the Stygian Oath of Abjuration.
Signed and dated 2004-05, this oil and silkscreen on canvas is estimated at a hefty $100,000-122,225.
Nair's second work is even more enigmatically titled Pyaasa (for late filmmaker Guru Dutt). Signed and dated 2000, this oil on canvas is estimated at $22,225-33,335.
In yet another departure from the usual, it has the proverbial coat with a potted plant. And the coat created in a transparent vastra (dress) metaphor is strewn with red roses personifying the immortality of love.
Lots 43-48 belong to the maestro of metaphor Atul Dodiya, whose work Stammer in the Shade from the Venice Biennale last year is estimated at a handsome $100,000-125,000. The work of art consists of acrylic, marble dust, iron crutches, iron brackets and gold leaf.
Anju Dodiya's Nest is a rendition of realism that blends feminine evocation of a face with a nest atop in watercolour and charcoal on paper. This work is estimated at $80,000-90,000. Anju's second work Acid Nights, done in 1997, is water colour on paper and estimated at $17,780-20,000.
"The highlight of the autumn auction is the number of sculptures we have," said Vazirani.
Sculptures by Navjyot, Subodh Gupta, Iranna, Ravinder Reddy and Dhruv Mistry will all hopefully set the stage for another medium that has waited in the wings to hit auction heights.
Among the three works by Subodh Gupta are two canvasses and one sculpture. His untitled work, signed in Devnagari and dated 2005, is an oil-on-canvas that is estimated at $55,560-66,670.
Gupta's second work done in 2006 is an oil-on-canvas pegged at $55,560-66,670. Subodh's sculpture Fire is an aluminium and bronze sculpture estimated at a comfortable $55,560-66,670.
An equally enticing deviant is Bharti Kher's work on aluminium with bindis (decorative spot worn by Indian women on foreheads). An untitled mixed media with bindis on composite aluminium board is estimated at $22,225-26,670.
Then there are paintings and sculptures by the young intellectual G.R. Iranna. His untitled work done in 2005 is an acrylic on canvas estimated at $8,890-11,115. Iranna's second work, The Day Before (2004), is an acrylic on canvas worth $18,000-24,000.
Iranna's third piece of art is an untitled 2006 acrylic on tarpaulin ($33,335-40,000). The artist has two sculptures that will go under the hammer. The first is a series of bronzes that are estimated at $11,115-13,335.
His second sculpture is an untitled work with four figures and estimated at $4,440-5,560.
A number of works by Pooja Iranna, Jitish Kallat, Ravinder Reddy, Manish Pushkale, Akhilesh and Sujata Bajaj are also part of the auction.
"We are eager to see how the sculptures and installations will perform," said Vazirani. With a total lower estimate of $2,303,380 and a total higher estimate of $2,786,820, all eyes are certainly on Saffronart's autumn auction.